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Arts and culture reflect countrys civilization – Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, A civilised nation is moulded by arts and culture that flourish, with vigorous and innovative contributions that extract the best qualities of man, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said along with these, political, economic and social progress emerge.

“Malaysia inherits an endless potpourri of cultures, customs and traditions as the people are multicultural, multiracial and multi religious.

“This unique mixture contributed much towards the progress and development of the nation,” he said in a special video footage which was aired during welcoming dinner of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, here today.

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia had metamorphosed from an agricultural into an industrial country and the pace had quickened with materialism.

“But Malaysia does not want to lose its identity. And that identity is defined by its culture and the arts,” he said adding that Malaysia does not want to lose its cultural heritage and it intends to preserve it, albeit with some adjustments.

He said the world is experiencing yet another period of epochal transformation and truly change is the only thing that is constant.

Speaking personally, I have lived through many periods of profound historical changes � colonialism and nationhood, war and occupation, from telegram to Instagram. From old Malaysia to Malaysia Baharu, the New Malaysia.

Change in itself is not bad. Disruption can be productive, if we anticipate it, prepare for it, and be willing to adapt and adjust, he added.

The 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture Kuala Lumpur 2019 is held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre from March 11 to 14 with the theme Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge & Change, co-hosted by International Federation of Arts and Culture (IFACCA) and the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN).

With the participation of more than 60 countries, the summit will be an opportunity to strengthen the civil society, promote collaboration between non-profit organisations and government sectors as well as to allow arts organisations and institutions to interact.

Source: BERNAMA

Arts and culture reflect countrys civilization – Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, A civilised nation is moulded by arts and culture that flourish, with vigorous and innovative contributions that extract the best qualities of man, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said along with these, political, economic and social progress emerge.

“Malaysia inherits an endless potpourri of cultures, customs and traditions as the people are multicultural, multiracial and multi religious.

“This unique mixture contributed much towards the progress and development of the nation,” he said in a special video footage which was aired during welcoming dinner of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, here today.

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia had metamorphosed from an agricultural into an industrial country and the pace had quickened with materialism.

“But Malaysia does not want to lose its identity. And that identity is defined by its culture and the arts,” he said adding that Malaysia does not want to lose its cultural heritage and it intends to preserve it, albeit with some adjustments.

He said the world is experiencing yet another period of epochal transformation and truly change is the only thing that is constant.

Speaking personally, I have lived through many periods of profound historical changes � colonialism and nationhood, war and occupation, from telegram to Instagram. From old Malaysia to Malaysia Baharu, the New Malaysia.

Change in itself is not bad. Disruption can be productive, if we anticipate it, prepare for it, and be willing to adapt and adjust, he added.

The 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture Kuala Lumpur 2019 is held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre from March 11 to 14 with the theme Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge & Change, co-hosted by International Federation of Arts and Culture (IFACCA) and the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN).

With the participation of more than 60 countries, the summit will be an opportunity to strengthen the civil society, promote collaboration between non-profit organisations and government sectors as well as to allow arts organisations and institutions to interact.

Source: BERNAMA

Fabio Maciel returns to Kuala Lumpur?

KUALA LUMPUR, The riddle over the next Kuala Lumpur football squad coach became an issue again after Yusri Che Lah was confirmed quitting as coach today.

The name of the previous coach, Fabio Maciel da Silva, who was fired following poor performance last year, was now bandied about after the coach admitted he had received an offer from a Super League team and conceded his interest to return to the Malaysia League cauldron.

Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA) secretary general Nokman Mustaffa, however, declined to confirm the matter when asked.

Source: BERNAMA

Two rural students make district proud in STPM

BEAUFORT, Hard-work and perseverance has propelled Jerrywesly Senaja and Melizza Majikau to become the first students from Pitas to obtain excellent results in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination.

They have become the pride of the small district about 169 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu when it was announced they were amongst Sabah’s best students in the examination, today.

Both rural students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Pinggan-Pinggan, Pitas, are among the 51 candidates for STPM 2018 in Sabah who scored excellent results with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00.

Jerrywesly, 20, said he was proud that the name of the school and the district had been highlighted to be among the best achievers in the STPM results in Sabah besides rural students have proven their mettle by excelling in their studies along with other students

This is the first time Pitas, especially my school has achieved the best results in STPM, of which two of our STPM candidates from our school obtained a CGPA of 4.00, he said when met after the announcement of of Sabah’s STPM 2018 results by State Education director Mistirine Radin here.

Jerrywesly, the fifth of seven siblings, said that his success was a gift for the family, especially his parents who had given a lot of encouragement to study hard and to pursue a higher education in order to change the family’s destiny.

I’m the first child in the family who has successful gone up to sixth form and obtained excellent results in the STPM because my siblings who are older than me just studied to form two and were unable to further their studies because of financial constraints as both my parents are farmers.

Sharing the recipe of his success, Jerrywesly said time management, proper study and motivation techniques were key elements to ensure he continued to focus on his target including completing course work.

Melizza, who did not expect to get excellent results in STPM, was extremely happy with her achievement and in making her family and district proud.

Meanwhile, SMK Pinggan-Pinggan principal, Malati Lajim said the success of the two students was a gift for Pitas and hoped it would inspire and motivate other students in the district to follow in their footsteps.

Source: BERNAMA

5.2 magnitude quake hits North Sumatra

KUALA LUMPUR, A moderate earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted north Sumatra, Indonesia at 9.26 pm tonight.

The Meteorological Department in a statement today announced the quake at a depth of 51 kilometres was reported at 68 km north of Nias, Indonesia.

There is no threat of tsunami to Malaysia, the statement said.

Source: BERNAMA

Malaysia’s Palm Oil Stocks Up 1.3 Percent In Feb

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Malaysia’s palm oil stockpiles in Feb, rose 1.34 percent month-on-month, to 3.05 million tonnes, official data showed, Monday.

Malaysian Palm Oil Board data showed that, the palm oil inventory in Feb was still marginally higher than that of Jan, despite the palm oil production falling 11.1 percent month-on-month, to 1.54 million tonnes.

Meanwhile, palm oil exports in Feb remained lacklustre, slumping 21.38 percent month-on-month to 1.32 million tonnes.

The rising stocks and weak exports data are expected to continue to drag palm oil prices, which stood at 1,925 ringgit (471 U.S. dollars) per tonne as of last Friday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

National income tax still competitive

KUALA LUMPUR, The income tax in this country is still competitive compared to other nations.

Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia deputy chief executive officer (Taxation Operations) Datuk Mohd Nizom Sairi said normally developed countries’ tax rates were far higher and the incomes of small salary earners were also taxed.

”An individual earning under RM3,000 is still not taxed. So the ratio in our country is still competitive,” he said when interviewed in the Bernama News Channel’s ‘Ruang Bicara’ programme here today.

Mohd Nizom said that income tax was important because it enabled the government to implement development programmes.

He said fifty per cent of the income tax helped the government to finance development programmes.

“Every ringgit contributed via income tax is used in the best possible manner by the government to be returned to the people in various forms,” he explained.

Answering an allegation that the board often pursued tax payers until they succeeded, Mohd Nizom said the responsibility of the board was to ensure a fair taxation system.

He said that everybody must pay what they should pay.

”We will look for and detect anybody who does not pay in order to be fair to those who paid correctly, 70-80 per cent are obedient in paying their dues, the rest we seek,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA